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Dead of Night
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Alan Ormsby (written by)
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Release Date:
29 August 1974 (USA) See more »
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See the Shattering Suspense From the Start! See more »
Plot:
A young man killed in Vietnam inexplicably returns home as a zombie. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Scared the ---- out of me See more (72 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Marley ... Charles Brooks
Lynn Carlin ... Christine Brooks
Richard Backus ... Andy Brooks
Henderson Forsythe ... Dr. Philip Allman
Anya Ormsby ... Cathy Brooks

Jane Daly ... Joanne
Michael Mazes ... Bob
Arthur Anderson ... Postman
Arthur Bradley ... George, Army Captain
David Gawlikowski ... Truck Driver
Virginia Cortez ... Rosalie, diner waitress
Bud Hoey ... Ed, diner cook
Robert R. Cannon ... Drunk in diner
Raymond Michel ... Policeman in Diner
Jeff Becker ... Young Boy
Scott Becker ... Young Boy
Greg Wells ... Young Boy
Kevin Schweizer ... Young Boy
Jeff Gillen ... Bartender
Alan Ormsby ... Bystander
Mal Jones ... Sheriff
Edward Anderson ... Deputy
George De Vries ... 1st TV Announcer
Bob Noble ... 2nd TV Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bonney ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Bob Clark ... Officer Ted (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Clark 
 
Writing credits
Alan Ormsby (written by)

Produced by
Bob Clark .... producer
Gerald Flint-Shipman .... executive producer
Peter James .... producer
Geoffrey Nethercott .... executive producer
John Trent .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carl Zittrer 
 
Cinematography by
Jack McGowan 
 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sinclair 
 
Casting by
Jessica Levy 
 
Art Direction by
Forest Carpenter 
 
Set Decoration by
Albert Fisher 
 
Costume Design by
Dyke Davis 
 
Makeup Department
Alan Ormsby .... makeup effects
Tom Savini .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
John 'Bud' Cardos .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Gillen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ralph Weir .... props
 
Sound Department
Jim Clark .... assistant sound
Gary Goch .... sound
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Tom Savini .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Randy Franken .... camera operator
John McGowan .... assistant camera
Michael McGowan .... camera operator: second unit
Don Piel .... assistant camera: second unit
 
Other crew
Jamie Chastain .... production assistant
Winton Churchill .... video production assistant
Rodger Kobzina .... video production assistant
George Livingston .... video production assistant
Sandra Marley .... script supervisor (as Sandra L. Ulosevich)
Bill Vergis .... animal owner and trainer: "Butch"
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Deathdream" - USA (reissue title)
"Whispers" - USA (reissue title)
"Deathdream" - Belgium (English title) (video box title)
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Runtime:
88 min | Belgium:98 min (video version)
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Australia:M (2005 re-rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG | West Germany:18

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For the opening Vietnam scene there was additional footage shot of a traumatized Andy walking through the jungle among the bloody carnage. The footage was cut in favor of a quicker intro to the story. There was also supposed to be a similar scene later where Andy walks through the streets at night and comes across a blind veteran sitting on a porch. This scene was also cut for time.See more »
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Referenced in This Changed Earth (2011) (V)See more »

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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Scared the ---- out of me, 24 July 2004
Author: Paul from United States

So many horror films, both then and now, exist solely to provide cheap titillation to gore hounds and casual thrill-seekers. 'Dead of Night' (aka "Deathdream"), however, is serious business, and seriously scary. Comparable to 'The Exorcist' in its exploration of the parent-child dynamic when the child is given over to something sinister, I personally liked this more than I liked 'The Exorcist.' It's leaner, more suspenseful, and less pretentious.

Richard Backus is Andy, a soldier who returns from the war (presumably Vietnam) the very night his parents and sister are informed of his death in combat. The homecoming is not a happy one, however. Andy just isn't quite himself. Laconic, humorless and irritable, he doesn't want to go out and isn't interested in seeing visitors. Worse, there could be a link between him and the gruesome murder of a truck driver that occurred the night of his return.

Like 'The Exorcist,' 'Dead of Night' - a reworking of "The Monkey's Paw" -- aspires to be more than simply a horror film. It aspires to be a Vietnam allegory, and it aspires to be a family drama. Remarkably, it succeeds as all three. It makes a compelling statement about returning soldiers, is a truly frightening horror film, and also a harrowing family drama. John Marley, as a Andy's father, conveys torment and confusion effectively, and Lynn Carlin is especially good as Andy's mother, a woman who has disappeared completely inside of her denial. The suspense is unbearable, and there's skillful use of both sound and space in creating it. The chills are never cheap and are consistently hair-raising. The movie marches headlong into its inevitable conclusion and is utterly uncompromising throughout. That it was rated PG at the time is a shocker.

The movie has some flaws and lacks visual polish, but this is almost irrelevant given how brilliantly everything works. The director is Bob Clark, who would go on to direct the first two 'Porky's' films, 'A Christmas Story,' and 'Baby Geniuses,' and he has made a rare horror film, one that is intelligent, thoughtful, and damn scary.

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